BCCI ethics officer DK Jain has asked Indian cricket great Rahul Dravid to appear in person for the second time, on November 12, for “further submissions and clarifications” on the conflict of interest allegations levelled against him. The 46-year-old former India captain had earlier explained in the personal hearing held in Mumbai on September 26.
Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjiv Gupta had filed the complaint against Dravid, alleging conflict of interest in his current role as head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) and also being a vice-president with India Cements. “Jain wrote to Dravid on Wednesday night, asking him to depose on November 12 in New Delhi. Gupta too will be heard,” a BCCI official told PTI.
Dravid is currently the NCA director in Bengaluru besides being a vice-president with India Cements group, which owns the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. He was also the head coach of the India A and Under-19 teams before being handed the NCA role, which includes monitoring the progress of these two sides as well.
Dravid has earlier given a reply and defended himself saying he has taken leave of absence from India Cements and he has nothing to do with the Chennai Super Kings. As per the BCCI constitution, no individual can hold more than one post simultaneously. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) was in charge of the BCCI when the September hearing took place but a new set of officer-bearers were elected last week, ending the 33-month tenure of the Supreme Court-appointed panel.
The new BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly has said, “Conflict of interest is a very serious issue Indian cricket is facing.” In fact, Ganguly had lashed out after Dravid was issued a notice in August, saying “God help Indian cricket”. Before demitting the office, the CoA, in its 11th and final status report submitted to the Supreme Court, had recommended some key amendments to a “straight-jacketed” conflict of interest clause in the BCCI constitution.
If the amendment is accepted by the apex court, former players with less than two-year contracts with the BCCI or state associations will be allowed to have multiple roles. They will also be allowed to join multiple committees like the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and won’t be barred from commentary stints.